20469 - INSTITUTIONS, GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY - MODULE I
Course taught in English
The success of a research project also depends on its design. Carefully planning research question(s), type of study, mode of data collections and statistical analysis increases the chances of producing valid empirical research. The course introduces students to the fundamentals of research design in the social sciences. It also offers students the opportunity to design their own research study
The first part of the course covers causal inference in the social sciences by presenting the main models used in contemporary research. The second part discusses validity of empirical studies and complement the first part of the course with additional methods/topics that are increasingnly popular in empirical research in the social sciences.
Part 1. Main analytical approaches for causal interference:
The conterfactual model.
Randomization and its discontents.
Regression Discontinuity Design.
Part 2. Validity and additional topics/methods for empirical research in the social sciences:
Survey research and sampling.
Social Network Analysis
Systematic Reviews and meta-analsysis.
Validity of research designs.
- Understand the logics of causal inference.
- Master different models to test causality.
- Be aware of the main quantitative research methods used in the social sciences
- Work in groups to prepare a research proposal.
- Conduct a Systematic Review
- Prepare a research proposal.
- Deliver a presentation of a research proposal
- Face-to-face lectures
- Exercises (exercises, database, software etc.)
- Group assignments
Students work in groups to conduct a systematic review and to prepare and present in class a research proposal
|Continuous assessment||Partial exams||General exam|
Groupwork: systematic review (word document no longer than 2000 words) (25%)
Groupwork: research proposal (and presentation in class) (25%)
Written exam: 50%
Final written exam: 50%
Individual research proposal: (50%) (a word document no longer than 3000 words to be submitted before sitting the written exam).
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